Having been dormant for two months, there’s a lot for me to write about.
The funniest thing I saw lately was a “prepared statement” by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer regarding the oral argument in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on SB 1070. (The word “prepared” and “Brewer” in the same sentence should almost never be utilized as having no real-life application. If you doubt this, you are cordially invited to view her debate performance on YouTube, which fits into the category of “you just can’t make this shit up”. The only debate in which Brewer would have a sporting chance—on relative merits of public indecency with Pee Wee Herman)
I suppose Brewer’s (and by extension, the people of Arizona’s) lawyers (they obviously wrote the statement) probably know better, but if you are going to pay them good money to verabalize this drivel, they are not going to run out of material. “The health, welfare and safety of the citizens of Arizona are irreparably harmed every day the court allow SB 1070 to be put on hold and the federal government refuses to enforce all immigration laws” the statement said.
Almost as funny was a picture in The Arizona Republic of County Sheriffs Larry Dever, Paul Babeu, and Joe Arpaio watching the hearing live from a law office in Scottsdale (a shock that they have monied, Republican lawyers). What these three clowns are capable of absorbing from watching a courtroom hearing can be well-contained on the head of a pin.
First of all, any good lawyer with any appellate oral argument experience at all can and will tell you not to read too much into the questions or comments from the judges. They cannot be used to predict how the panel will rule.
Second, if you really believe in your heart that there is any scintilla of a chance that a court (any court, even a Supreme Court with 4 Judges by the name of Rehnquist, and 5 Reagan appointees) is going to rule that it is constitutional for Arizona to enact a state law that makes it a crime to be in the country illegally, then you are already so far out in left field that what you think or believe has no relevance to reality anyway. Have fun with it, but I’m guessing you’re going to be complaining in the end that “the judges didn’t even read the law!” (Yikes!!!)
“We as sheriffs have a particular perspective”, said Sheriff Dever. I agree, but would submit that the perspective of which he speaks—total ignorance, combined with lack of compassion for those human beings both in the country illegally, and those of color who are here legally.
Their only other perspective is to get reelected.
If you support SB 1070, you lack confidence, you want to feel good about yourself. Look to your spiritual leader, Russell Pearce, another former cop with a “particular perspective” who sponsored the measure. Pearce said the hearing “went fairly well”. “We know this will survive.”
I rest my case. (hehehehehehehe)
Arpaio called the Justice Department lawsuit a political move. Really? I guess that’s different from the pink underwear, the tent jails with inhumane conditions, and the green bologna. (I figured Arpaio’s side would be the one providing the bologna in this saga.)
The same document that ensures dangerous fascist thinkers like Arpaio and his non-political sheriff buddies will lose this war—the United States Constitution—also ensures the rights of the Neo-Nazi NSM followers who will demonstrate today in Phoenix. (If you don’t or cannot accept this, I suggest you Google “Skokie, Nazi, and First Amendment”.)
If you feel compelled to somehow infringe on the Nazis’ rights, I offer the following—“the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment depend on protecting not the speech we love, but the speech we hate.” Think about it.
I’m going to approach the Nazi’s like I feel every other Arizonan taxpayer, citizen, or prospective voter should approach Arpaio and his ilk—I’m going to ignore them.